Fortnite: Five Weapons That Should Return in Chapter 2 Season 3

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Fortnite: Five Weapons That Should Return in Chapter 2 Season 3

ESTNN provides a list of five weapons that should return in Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3.

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 is eight short days away. Rumors are building about the upcoming event and what precisely the landscape will look like once we immerse ourselves in the new season. One of the biggest questions surrounding this forthcoming season revolves around the weapons and items that will come out of retirement.

Last week, we discussed five items that we feel should leave the vault and return to Fortnite. One of Fortnite’s best features is its expansive list of weapons that you can use to eliminate your enemies. Some made short appearances in Fortnite only to never reappear again. Today, we are taking a look at five items we feel should return in Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3.

Infantry Rifle

An Infantry rifle from fortnite on an orange background

The beloved Infantry Rifle produced fond memories for those who used it throughout the years. What stood out about the Infantry Rifle was that it required precision, unlike any other rifle. It almost acts as a cross between an Assault Rifle and a Sniper. The Infantry Rifle can deal a significant amount of damage, but players with questionable aim may not want to carry it. The Epic and Legendary versions of the Infantry Rifle deal 168 and 176 damage per second, respectively. Competitive Fortnite fans will remember FaZe Mongraal’s onslaught with this weapon back in Season X.

Coincidentally, the Infantry Rifle left Fortnite at the end of Season X. It fell victim to the complete overhaul that took place as the Battle Royale title transitioned into a new era. Several items, weapons and vehicles left Battle Royale mode at that time. We have seen the Infantry Rifle in limited fashion since then. There’s nothing more satisfying in Fortnite than shredding someone with the Infantry Rifle. It would make an exciting addition to Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3.

Flint-Knock Pistol

A Fortnite Flint lock pistol on blue background

The Flint-Knock Pistol is one of the more fun weapons to use in Fortnite as a whole. It packs a punch of up to 90 damage with the uncommon variety. In addition to its damage output, the Flint-Knock Pistol is a rotational option for those who require it. It can also prevent fall damage if timed correctly. Players likely won’t opt to use the Flint-Knock as a part of their primary loadout, but it still serves a purpose. The Flint-Knock hits enemy players hard, allows for quick rotations and its fun to use in general.

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Like the Infantry Rifle, the Flint-Knock Pistol exited Battle Royale mode at the end of Season X. This removal meant that players had one less option to rotate. We’ve seen it come back here in there in a limited fashion, but it’s time for the Flint-Knock Pistol to make a full-time comeback. Let’s hope Season 3 is the right time for it to reappear.

Hand Cannon

A Fortnite Hand Cannon on yellow background

Pistols have a terrible reputation in the history of Fortnite. When a player opens up a chest to find a green, blue, purple or even gold pistol, it’s a disappointment. The Hand Cannon is different because it can conquer any opponent in one or two shots. This weapon is effective at long range and requires precision due to its lack of a sniper scope. Players usually would opt not to carry a Hand Cannon, especially if Sniper Rifles are available. But what if the Hand Cannon was a player’s best long-range option?

Snipers are certainly a staple in Fortnite, but some are too powerful. The Heavy Sniper Rifle, in particular, offers a ridiculous advantage to players who have one. Nothing is worse in Fortnite than having an insane loadout, only to suffer the wrath of a Heavy Sniper. Epic Games vaulted the Hand Cannon in Season X, and now’s the time for it to return. It would be interesting to see the Hand Cannon replace Heavy Snipers as the primary long-range weapon due to the skill required to land shots.

Storm Scout Sniper

A storm scout sniper rifle from Fortnite on yellow background


We asked for the Storm Scout Sniper Rifle to return before the debut of Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2. This Sniper arrived in Fortnite back in Patch v9.41. It reshaped how players optimized their loadout. Although the Storm Scout did not inflict much damage, it is undoubtedly one of the unique weapons in Fortnite history. The Storm Scout Sniper’s uniqueness came from the fact that it displays the location of each Storm Circle. What it lacks in damage output, it makes up with the useful storm tracking component. Unfortunately, this weapon lasted a short amount of time in Fortnite and has yet to resurface.

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The Storm Scout Sniper Rifle added a different layer to Fortnite, unlike ever before. Players who carried this weapon were able to rotate because if it’s predictive patterns. At the time, it fit nicely into the competitive meta. Casuals may not see its usefulness, but having Storm Circle knowledge is one of the essential aspects in Fortnite. A meta revolved around Hand Cannons and Storm Scout Snipers would take us away from the reliance on Heavy Snipers. Fortnite is always best when players are on their toes and need to use their brains to succeed.

Double Barrel Shotgun

A double barrel shotgun from Fortnite on orange background

I know this might be a weird request, but hear me out on this one. The Double Barrel Shotgun was once an intricate part of Fortnite in seasons past. It has not been a part of the Fortnite loot pool since back in Season 7. Epic Games made the ultimate decision to remove it because of how much damage it can inflict. The Epic and Legendary versions of the weapon can deal 114 and 120 damage respectively.

Double Barrel Shotguns deal a lot of damage, but players cannot mindlessly spray with this weapon like they can with others. Those with this particular shotgun put themselves in a world of hurt if they lack accuracy. Although the ideal shotgun to hold is either Tactical or Pump variety, the Double Barrel Shotgun could be useful in the current boxfighting meta. Just imagine the satisfaction of taking a player’s wall, editing and hitting them for over 100 damage. The Double Barrel would not reshape Fortnite, but it could provide a satisfying balance between the Pump and the Tactical Shotguns.

That concludes our list of five items that we’d like to see come back into Fortnite. What did we miss? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook!

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Matt Pryor
Matt is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University. He appreciates all esports titles but primarily focuses on Fortnite and Call of Duty. Matt continuously analyzes gameplay and plays the games himself to better understand in-game decisions by the best players in the world.